Iraq historic allegations team to close… February 10, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
A good friend pointed to this a week or so ago, the broad issue, not the specific news today, suggesting that the ramifications, particularly for the North could be significant. And lo, it came to pass that:
The unit investigating claims of abuse by British forces in Iraq is to close down, the government has announced, saying it will also greatly reduce similar inquiries connected to Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.
Ministers said the decision was made after misconduct findings against a solicitor involved in many of the claims. However, rights groups said it was important abuse was not “brushed under the carpet”.
And check this out…
For historical investigations in Northern Ireland, the government will ensure “veterans and former police officers are not dragged through the courts in disproportionate numbers compared with terrorists”, the statement added.
Surely Amnesty is correct when it says… ‘The failings of Shiner and his firm should not mean all abuse claims were dropped.’